Maryland House passes bill limiting schools' standardized testing hours

The Maryland House passed a bill limiting schools' standardized testing hours.

The House of Delegates unanimously approved legislation Monday that would limit standardized testing to 2 percent classroom instruction time per year.

The bill, which now goes to the Senate, affects testing mandates at the local, state and federal levels. The measure, sponsored by Del. Eric Luedtke, a Montgomery County Democrat, would hold testing to a little more than 20 hours a year.

Betty Weller, president of the Maryland State Education Association, praised the House action on the bill, one of the union's top objectives this year.

“While we still have more work to do during the remainder of the General Assembly session, educators are thrilled to see that legislators have heard our calls for action and shown support for much-needed bills to undo Maryland’s over-testing problem," Weller said.

Limiting standardized testing has emerged as an issue with broad bipartisan support. Last week both the House and Senate approved slightly different bills that would change a kindergarten assessment test from one that is taken by many pupils to one taken by a smaller group.

The differences between the two versions of the bill must be reconciled before the bill can be sent to Gov. Larry Hogan for his signature.

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